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I Have Trichotillomania

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    I had been doing so much better with

    controlling myself. I had a full set of eyebrows and then tonight while I was trying to study for the 5 tests tomorrow I realized that I had pulled out half of one of them. I feel so sick and disappointed right now I don't know what to do.
    justcaity97 justcaity97 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 11, 2014

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    I've had trichotillomania

    for almost 5 years now and I can't seem to stop. I've pulled out all my eyebrow hairs before and after my eyebrows I moved on to my eyelashes. I'm only left with lashes on the sides of my eyes; none in the middle. I feel insecure everyday and people ask me almost on a daily...
    KidDynamite19 KidDynamite19 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 23

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    I am having a hair fit tonight.

    I've been pulling for about three hours straight now. I do not know what to do I tried everything. I put my wig on then I took it off because the urge was so strong that I had a pull more! I really hate this disorder. I wish I had a magic wand to make everyone's trichotillomania...
    hasbrogrl74 hasbrogrl74 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 12

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    I hate myself because of trich.

    I hate my face. And i hate how no one I know will ever understand what I go through because of it.
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F Mar 16

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    I am so happy to announce

    that today marks 30 days of being pull free. I'm so happy! I wish there was something I could tell everyone that I did to help me but there isn't really anything. I had been dating my boyfriend for almost 10 months when I finally decided to tell him. I was so scared that he was...
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 29, 2014

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    abrissette27 abrissette27 13-15, M 2 Responses Mar 31

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    I only have eyelash trichotillomania,

    and I'm not having it for such a long time right now. But I really want to stop because every day I'm having less eyelashes. Does someone have amy tips?
    jeanine281 jeanine281 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 1

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    Trich has been apart of my life

    since I was about 6 years old. I don't know exactly what triggered it, but it has greatly impacted my life. It hit the hardest when I was in the 4th grade. I was a little 9 year old girl with no eyebrows and only 5 eyelashes on each eye. I knew back then that it was wrong, but I...
    ValentinaGirl14 ValentinaGirl14 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 13

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    I am so proud of myself.

    This is officially day 3 being pull free. I want this to last.
    UnusualArtist UnusualArtist 13-15, F 4 Responses Apr 28, 2014

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    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    All About Meeee

     Im a super happy girl! but one thing im not happy about is that I suffer from hair pulling! i dont like it at all! And also,i pull my eyelashes out! Wow, i feel like a total idiot when people say hey kayla wheres your eye lashes or why are you are you bald? ha i tell...
    kaybaby007 kaybaby007 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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    Hi, i was wondering ive stop pulling

    but now i have the new hair coming in quickly and it sticks up and its really obvious especially at the front, i was wondering how do you hide them? Its really bringing my self confidence right down
    RiRiWin RiRiWin 16-17 2 Responses Feb 3

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    Trichotlomania is one of the hardest things to

    deal with. Let alone it sounding revolting to most people, THEY NEVER UNDERSTAND! My biggest problem is my eyelashes and head. People will always tell me to "stop that" or and why I pull them out. They don't understand the addiction, the shame, and the depression behind it. I am...
    elizabethandy elizabethandy 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 4

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    Has anyone tried seeking help

    or treatment from a doctor or something? Is it worth it?
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 20

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    I pull my eyebrows until they are gone.

    I spoke to people about Trich and they always spoke like it was just me "not having self control" which made it hard to talk about. I pull when I'm over thinking so often i don't even notice I'm doing it til later, or situations where I have to meet new people or walk into...
    Rabbitt94 Rabbitt94 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 2

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    Alright... to sum it up I've had

    trichotillomania since I was about 7. I'm 19 now and I'm still dealing with it.. I pull mostly just at my brows and lashes. There have been a few occasions where I've pulled at my hair and just on time where I actually made a bald spot. When I was younger I didn't know about...
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F Feb 11

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    Four days without picking my hair.

    The longest period of time in almost 6 years.
    jackson112 jackson112 22-25, M Aug 30, 2014

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    Trichotillomania or known

    as "trich" is a super rare disorder that I happen to have, yes.. You heard it, I pull my hair out, I always hear people ask "but does it hurt?" No. It doesn't, it's relieving, actually, but the feelin after isn't. Constantly looking in the mirror and breaking down into tears...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 6 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    I have officially been pull-free

    since April 18th, 2014 and I am extremely happy with myself. I am going to get my first haircut (by a hairstylist) in almost 4 years. <3 I just wanted to remind people that there IS an end to this disorder! I had mine through hypnotherapy! It worked for me. If ANYONE ever...
    court14harris court14harris 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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    Am I the only one who stays up till strange

    hours of the night trying to force myself to stop, crying, feeling restless and then goes and posts an experience like this in the middle of the night to feel less ambushed with sadness?
    TheCustardCreme TheCustardCreme 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    Havent pulled at all today

    and only a little last night.. Baby steps :D (if you need somebody to talk to PM me :)
    taylorrolyat14 taylorrolyat14 16-17, F Nov 22, 2014

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    Help please! I'm going through a really bad

    period with my trich right now... My eyebrows are as good as gone without the help of make up. What are some good ways for me to stop??? I've tried playing with things and stress balls but they don't work. I need something to help me stop completely or at least until I can...
    ValentinaGirl14 ValentinaGirl14 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 25

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    Trich And How I Stopped

    Hey, my trichs-in-law. Today, I am going to share my entire story of Trichotillomania and how I have managed to make a great recovery (for those of you who have trich, you will know what a task this is). I know exactly where it all began. Right now I'm 17 years old. The incident...
    Petrea94 Petrea94 16-17, F 41 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    This Is My Story As Was Published In The Huffington Post 10/1/12

    Who you are looking at in this photo right now is a fraud. Every day I go to great lengths to hide what I really look like. Every day I make sure you don't see what I do every morning when I wake up and look in my bathroom mirror. Because I have a disorder that an estimated 2-4...
    sandy7814 sandy7814 36-40 2 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling

    I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started getting the urge to take out my eye lashes. So I went on and searched in Google “I plug out my eye lashes”, then I came across the...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1 22-25, F 33 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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    A Cured Hair Puller

      Each thread of hair feels as soft as silk as I play with it with my fingers. I touch the root of one hair I have been dying to pull. I reach the root and dig my nails into the skin and there is a slight pop. I slowly part it from my head and feel a rush of relief. My...
    LDAWG1 LDAWG1 16-17, F 17 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    Coping With My Ttm

    I've had trichotillomania for as long as I can remember, since sometime early in elementary school. I pulled out my eyelashes, and to this day, I can't help it. I would always get teased and picked on for it, and we all know how mean kids can be, so I know others can...
    TarePanda TarePanda 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2009

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    I know I've written about this before.

    It's been a while but it is still up there on my profile as an experience. When I wrote that, it was still when my hair was growing out. I was frustrated, tempted and positive that it would never stop driving me up the wall. It has been about two years and four months since I...
    Narp12 Narp12 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    Well we should start from the beginning

    but I have made the decision to become open about this even though i don't want to but I feel like I have to. I started back in 6th grade I thought it was just a phase I would stop. That didnt happen it got kind of addicting I got pleasure from it. Soon I had nothing. I had a...
    beeella beeella 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    Makeup. Lotion, primer,

    powder, blush. Shadow, liner, brows and puff. Mascara? No way. Makeup was not supposed to be part of my daily regiment. It was supposed to be a special occasions thing that I didn't waste my time on while in college. I guess that ship has sailed. Some girls wake up in...
    AbusiveMistress AbusiveMistress 18-21 2 Responses Dec 15, 2014

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    It got pretty bad there

    for a while, pulled a lot. I'm getting better now. :) PFV!
    Majin1712 Majin1712 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    So, my OCD is terrible today.

    I know its because of the stress I am under, and I try to keep busy..Its seems to be a lost cause though. I have so many gaps in my eyebrows its not even funny, I hate it. I always think why the **** can't I be normal when it comes to this?
    SnowVixen SnowVixen 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 30

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    I started pulling my eyebrows out 4 years ago,

    then once I had none left I started ripping out my eyelashes. I still have no eyelashes and eyebrows and I occasionally pull from the hair on my head too. I also have urges to pull other people's hair out especially if they have a hair that is out of place.
    behindblueeyess behindblueeyess 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    I am 16 years old and I have trichotillomania.

    I was 9 when I first started I had gotten in fight that day and started pulling my hair out. When my parents saw I told them it was from the fight, but eventually they knew that wasn't the case because the spot just grew larger and larger. By 4th grade I had to wear a bandana...
    dafinest dafinest 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 26

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    The hardest part of having Trichotillomania is

    probably the envy or jealously you have for other people who have hair. I know it's a nasty & torturous thing to do but sometimes I can't help the strong longing & envy as I watch my cousins braid their hair, or brush it, maybe even considering dying it. I'm simply surrounded...
    ChantyPrime ChantyPrime 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 8

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    I am finally starting to feel great!

    Iv gone two months without pulling and my hair is getting some length and thickness! I havent had my hair this long in about 12 years! Im getting my first hair cut since I was 8 next month! Things are looking up and Im slowly getting my confidence back :)
    xxmonkeynessxx xxmonkeynessxx 18-21, F 6 Responses Feb 1

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    Has anyone tried any hair growth supplements to

    help with their trich? I've tried a few lash enhancing serums and I've recently started trying out biotin supplements. Anyone noticed a difference with things like this?
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 19

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    There really is no cure to this,

    and it drives me crazy. But I have tried a few things to control my hair pulling and maybe they'll help for you guys too. I try to put on a hat the minute I get home since home is the place I pull the most, yes there is the urge to rip the hat off and start pulling, but at least...
    jandelrey jandelrey 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 16

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    I have been suffering from trich

    for 4 years and in those 4 years I have gone to 4 different schools because of bullies. This year I am going to a new school and I am determined to not pull my hair out this summer!
    hairlesscareless hairlesscareless 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 21, 2014

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    I was diagnosed with Trichotillomania

    when I was 5 years old. I am now 22. I only pull my eyelashes now. I used to pull the hair in my scalp and my eyebrows. I am having the most difficult time letting my eyelashes grow. A year ago I was able to let then grow out for 45 days and then stress got the best of me and I...
    09cramptonsa 09cramptonsa 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 24, 2014

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    I have pulled out my eyebrow

    and eyelash hairs for a VERY long time. It's very satisfying when I see a few hairs between my fingers. I do have stitches one my one eyebrow. That's why it looks so bare. Does my face look like I pick my hair a lot? I don't pluck or wax. I'm an all natural girl. Do I look...
    Scal92 Scal92 22-25, F Mar 12

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    gumara gumara 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 17

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    Hey im 22 been pulling from my scalp

    for 6/7 years...Im a guy and finding it hard to find other guys to talk about trich. Most of my mates have never heard of it or they only think it effects girls. I've been wearing a bandana recently when im in the house, which helps a lot. Granted I look like boiled egg.
    ollie422 ollie422 22-25, M Feb 17

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    Well, today is a big day

    for me. On this day three years ago, November 11, 2011, I made the decision to stop pulling. I've been pull free for three year!! And what an amazing journey it has been! When I first stopped, things were hard; really hard! I would constantly be reminding myself, day in and day...
    Casslav Casslav 18-21 2 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    I am not okay. I have suffered with trich

    for over 10 years now. I pull any unwanted hair. Not just the hair on my head. Underarms. Eyebrows. Belly button. Pubic areas. Eyelashes. I pick at my lips untill they bleed. I sratch at my head until it bleeds. I am not okay. I am ashamed.
    Mikashirinkuto Mikashirinkuto 22-25, F